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Dancer Karen plans milk bottle challenge

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One local Killarney lady, who is preparing to step it up on the dancefloor – has come up a unique fundraiser – by placing milk bottles around the town.
Karen Greene, who is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing at the INEC on March 8 for the Irish Cancer Society Killarney and South Kerry Branch, is planning to put the specially designed bottles in shops and businesses – and is asking for your loose change.
This local SCD fundraiser has over the years raised over €200,000 for The Irish Cancer Society – and locals are hoping to build on that amount this year.
This year will see 12 couples take to the floor, including Karen and her partner John Lyne who works in Murphy’s Bar.
And her children, Mark, who is captain of St Pauls Scotts Lakers, Johnathon, Michelle and Denis, and grandchildren Ellie-Ana, Levi and Ruby are all looking forward to seeing her dancing on the night.
To try and raise as much as possible Karen wanted to come up something unique, and one day while sitting at home enjoying a cuppa she saw the milk bottle on her table.
“The idea came about at my kitchen table when I was wondering how I was going to raise funds,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.
“The glass milk bottle, which I get from Chris Maloney from Ballymac Dairys, was there and I thought how about I put them into shops and businesses locally. People can donate their loose change.
“Sometimes people are embarrassed that they only have 20 cent or 10 cent – I want it – it all adds up. People think fundraisers are looking for huge sums of money. I’m doing it this way that if every one individual can put small change in, it accumulates and benefits someone somewhere. Even the smallest of pebbles will make outward ripples even in the largest pools.”
She plans to put bottles into Centra Muckross, Sheehan’s Costcutters on the Ross Road, O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy on New St., Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan Insurance/It’s For Rent, Halo Hairdresser on High St., Maher’s Meats and Alure at the Reeks, from February 11 to 18.
Also, from February 4 to 8, the bottles will be in St Brigid’s and Presentation Secondary schools.
“I want to thank the committee and Killarney Printing for doing the labels. I’m looking forward to dancing with John, who has been very patient with me. Best of luck to all the other dancers too.”
And she added that if anyone wants to buy tickets they can contact her on 087 9517582.
Tickets are also on sale from all dancers, which are soon to be announced, at the INEC box office, and from committee members.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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